Department Staff and Faculty



Janie Bower

Part-time Instructor of Mathematics
(601) 318-6173

Mrs. Bower has taught math courses at WCU since 1999. She is a graduate of WCU, and has worked as a university/college instructor, high school teacher, and educational consultant in the field of mathematics for nearly 40 years. She has participated in dozens of professional conferences and workshops during this time. At present, she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including geometry, fundamentals of mathematics, and topics in secondary math education. She also supervises the field experience in residency courses for prospective math teachers in the math education program.

Benjamin Dribus

Chair of Mathematics Department

Dr. Dribus joined the WCU math faculty in the fall of 2014. He is a graduate of LSU, Tulane University, and the University of Oklahoma. He has multiple research programs in mathematics and theoretical physics. In 2012, his research on quantum gravity and space-time structure earned him membership in the Foundational Questions Institute, an exclusive international society devoted to the study of fundamental problems in physics and cosmology. His book on space-time structure, published by Springer, is scheduled appear in the upcoming year. He teaches calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and a variety of other undergraduate and graduate courses.

Jessica Garriga

Instructor of Mathematics, Assistant Coach of Women's Basketball

Mrs. Garriga joined the William Carey math faculty in the fall of 2014. She is a graduate of USM and WCU, and a former Instructor of Mathematics at Pearl River Community College. She teaches a broad variety of courses, ranging from college algebra to senior seminar, and emphasizes the use of technology and web-based resources. She supervises the online portion of the math program, and has also assisted in the recent expansion of the WCU online program at a university-wide level. She has research connections at USM in the fields of partial differential equations and numerical methods. She is also instrumental in recruiting efforts.

Carl Shepherd

Associate Professor
(601) 318-6174

Mr. Shepherd has been a member of the WCU math faculty since 1997, and currently holds the position of associate professor. He is a graduate of WCU and USM. He is also a former K-12 principal and superintendent, and has served in a wide array of pedagogical and administrative capacities related to education in the state of Mississippi, at both the public and private levels. He is a member of MAMTE and Kappa Mu Epsilon. At present, his principal teaching interest is algebra, although he has also taught a number of other courses, including fundamentals of mathematics.

Amber Sumner

Instructor of Mathematics